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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 5
Hours: 37 lecture, 86 laboratory per quarter (123 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify components and equipment used in steam piping systems and explain their usage.
  • Explain the differences between one pipe and two pipe Hydronic piping systems.


Fourth-year course of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship Program. Provides students with a working knowledge of the design, layout, components, specific safety hazards and accepted engineering practices associated with steam heating, hydronic heating and cooling systems.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate the use of safe working practices as related to steam and hydronic heating and cooling systems
B. Identify and differentiate between steam and hydronic piping systems
C. Demonstrate knowledge of steam piping components and requirements for installation

Course Content

A. Safety
1. Safety practices required when working with steam and heating water systems
2. Dangers associated with existing systems and identification of asbestos insulation
B. Steam and hydronic systems
1. The differences between steam and hydronic systems
C. Demonstrate knowledge in:
1. Properties of steam
2. One pipe steam systems
3. Two pipe steam systems
4. Boiler: steam and hydronic
5. Steam and condensate traps
6. Low, medium, high pressure steam systems
7. Piping layout
8. Hangers and supports
9. Expansion and contraction related to steam and hydronic piping stems
10. Heat transfer systems
11. Chiller and cooling towers

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams on practical projects to demonstrate:
A. Mechanical principles
B. Identification of systems and components
C. Maintenance of systems and components

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Classroom and working mechanical room with examples of boiler, chiller, heat exchangers, steam and condensate traps and hydronic piping systems.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Safety practices
Group and class participation
Hands-on demonstration
Written exams

Method(s) of Instruction

Lectures and classroom discussion
Hands-on demonstrations

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc.. Steam Systems. 2003.

International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc.. Hydronic Heating and Cooling. 2004.

International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc.. United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, Steam Fitting and Rigging Manuals. 2007.

These are the standard Plumbing textbooks/workbooks used for this course. Although one or more may not be within 5 years of the required published date, they are the most current books used when teaching this course. We will adopt the next edition of each text, as it is published.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Readings from Steam Systems:
1. Chapter 1: "Properties of Saturated Steam," pg. 1-5
B. Written assignments include completion of chapter worksheets
1. Chapter 1: "Properties of Saturated Steam," pg. 1-5